SAVE Our Spit Alliance has today unveiled a new controversial new logo.
In the artwork – designed by Paul Everest from Burleigh Heads’ creative and PR agency Zakazukha – a lone surfer stands his ground on a beach before a column of bulldozers.
Everest says the logo pays “respectful homage” to the symbolic ‘Tank Man’ image from 1989’s Tiananmen Square massacre, where an unidentified protester stands in front of a row of Chinese tanks.
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“Tank Man is arguably the most evocative protest photograph of the 20th century, and certainly the strongest ‘David and Goliath’ image I know of,” says Everest.
“That composition is a near-perfect symbol of civic opposition.
“Using it to contextualise the struggle between corporations and community that’s being played out on the Broadwater right now seemed a perfect way to inspire Save our Spit and the broader Gold Coast.”
To this day, the Chinese government has censored images and discussion of the peaceful democracy protests and subsequent violent suppression.
Save Our Spit Alliance will mark the transition to its new logo with an art and photography exhibition dedicated to the city’s natural coastal assets.
Local artists and photographers have until December 5 to submit their works – which must relate to The Spit or Broadwater – for the exhibition, which runs December 6 to January 6 at Urban Paradise Gallery in Surfers Paradise.
Save our Spit will announce the art and photography exhibition awards at a cocktail party at Urban Paradise Gallery on December 13.
Urban Paradise Gallery president Frederic Berjot and Everest will judge the ‘Save Our Spit prize’, with a public vote to decide the ‘people’s prize’.
Entries must be ready to hang, with sample images emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 5.